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The 2004 Red Sox Can't Get It Done

Quick refresher, we turned back the clock to 2004 and made the Alex Rodriguez trade to the Red Sox happen. Is the trade a bust already? Alex Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox were not able to win it all in 2004. It is hard to blame Alex though as he had a great season.

NameGABRH2B3BHRRBITBBBKSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
Johnny Damon CF15666112919644922983247978195.297.370.490.860
David Ortiz 1B161638139204367551724198212601.320.396.6571.053
Alex Rodriguez SS1566111381902834211635092118159.311.405.573.978
Bill R Mueller 3B1585851001683812193271937001.287.386.463.849
Jason Varitek C1275099114924017842245312414.293.370.440.810
Mark Bellhorn 2B1465057011735314742009512422.232.355.396.751
Magglio Ordonez RF123447731292641884217415300.289.350.485.836
Trot Nixon RF10938062922121357156427500.242.320.411.731
Kevin Youkilis 3B852934577190946123425310.263.364.420.784
Kevin Millar LF702834386240942137335001.304.395.484.879
Miguel Cairo 2B48190365510292496122871.289.344.505.850
Doug Mirabelli C5413423284072553143700.209.301.396.696
Pokey Reese 2B11110915273111235122331.248.328.321.649
Gabe Kapler RF3093623311123162301.247.301.333.634
Brian Daubach RF507917239041844131900.291.400.557.957

David Ortiz had a monster season as well. It was enough for the Red Sox to win the division and tally 100 wins but not win a title.














































Moneyball finally paid off as the Oakland Athletics finally won it all. The Cardinals, just like in real life in 2004, would fall in the World Series.










Barry Bonds and Travis Hafner would take home MVP for the NL and AL while Curt Schilling would win the AL Cy Young Award.




















The surreal moment of the season was a trade between the Red Sox and Yankees. The Red Sox shipped prospect Kevin Youkilis to the Yankees for second baseman Miguel Cairo and pitcher Brad Halsey. The Yankees were obviously in need of a third baseman and the Red Sox lost confidence in Mark Bellhorn. Remember when every Red Sox fan in the world lost confidence in Bellhorn during the 2004 postseason. Thankfully Terry Francona did not. 

Manny Ramirez had a good year but nothing spectacular and his team was never in contention

























Nomar Garciaparra had a below average season for him and could this be the rapid decline that we saw in real life?


























Offseason News
Magglio Ordonez signed with the defending World Champion A's but the Sox signed prized free agent Carlos Beltran while they let Johnny Damon walk.

Nomar Garciaparra has yet to sign with a team as we get ready for the 2005 Opening Day.

The Red Sox are picked to win 96 games but finish behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. The Yankees signed Jeff Bagwell in the offseason but did not upgrade their pitching.

Randy Johnson signed a free agent deal with the Mariners

Hanley Ramirez is slated to play third base and DH for the Red Sox in 2005. Will the Red Sox use him as trade bait? Stay tuned.

Don't forget to check out a site dedicated to the replay of the 1948 Season

Comments

  1. Great story. Can you tell me how your run your sims? Do you control a team? If so, how often do you play the games? Do you just do comm. mode and let the computer play the season out?

    Thanks for posting.

    Luke

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  2. Thanks for reading and commenting. For this, I am completely hands off. I have it in Commissioner Mode just so I could move around the players on the correct teams if the trade had gone down the way it was supposed to. Once I did that I just hit the simulation button and then watch and blog about it. I will be doing the 2005 season this weekend. This is a weird way for me to play. I usually control the Red Sox as the GM or take over a team and act as a GM and manager and play out every game. The great thing about OOTP is there are so many ways to play.

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